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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Mayonnaise Hair Treatment

Happy Tuesday!!!! I had a good day yesterday, starting with a walk, a little work on some swaps, a walk to the library, and then leftovers, which meant I didn't have to cook! And then I went to bed early because I was worn out. All that walking and then sleeping did me good, so I got up early and got going on things that needed to be done. My daughter-in-law's car broke down last week, so grandpa has to drive her to school in Ashland every day. That means it's just me and the kids for most of the day, because they are out of school for 2 weels. I started them on a project that you will see in a few days, and then I did something for myself that I've been wanting to do for a while. I gave myself a mayonnaise hair treatment. Yep....I said mayonnaise! For year's I never used a blow dryer or curling iron or straightener, and my hair was in perfect health. Now, since I straightened it and got rid of the perm, I have to do something with it everyday. I don't always use the blow dryer, but the straightener is bad enough by itself, and my hair has gotten dry and kind of brittle on the ends. Lots of broken-hair fly-aways that drive me crazy, and that feel of straw. You know what I'm talking about. Anyway, I decided I needed to do something for it before it got too bad. So this morning I got out the bottle of mayonnaise and went to work!

Mayonnaise is really good for your hair. The oil and eggs will moisturize and strengthen it without the salon or the expensive products. Mayonnaise hair treatments were really popular in the 1950's, but as all the designer products came out, mayonnaise became the "home" treatment that nobody wanted anyone to know they used. The eggs in the mayonnaise contain a form of protein that fills in the gaps in the hair shafts, causing the different layers of hair on the shaft to lie flat, so the hair looks more full and shinier. It  moisturizes the hair from within the shaft, which helps to prevent split ends and give the hair body. Some sources claim that mayonnaise can also slow down graying and hair loss, but I don't know about that.

I prefer the hot towel method.
If you don't like the smell of mayonnaise, you can make your own that has a much milder smell. Making mayonnaise from scratch is not complicated, although it takes a bit of time. Beat an egg yolk in a small mixing bowl and drizzle in 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil. It will take some time, but it will eventually turn into mayonnaise. You can also add some lemon juice or vinegar, both of which are good for your hair. If you want really smooth, shiny hair, you can take half an avocado and mash it up in 1 cup of mayonnaise. Apply the mayonnaise to dry hair (do not wash it first) and massage through thoroughly. Comb with a large-tooth comb and cover hair with a plastic bag or shower cap and leave for at least 20 minutes. You can also cover it with a hot, damp towel, too. The heat will help the mayonnaise to absorb into the hair shaft. The recommended time for a mayonnaise treatment is 1 hour, but we don't always have that much time, so a minimum of 20 minutes is okay. Rinse well and shampoo with a mild shampoo, like baby shampoo. You will have to shampoo twice to get all the mayonnaise out. You can do the mayonnaise treatment once a week or once a month, depending on your hair.

My grandchildren were taking pictures on their phones to
send to their mom, so I was making faces at them. I look
kind of like Crackers, don't I?

Well, it's all done now, and it looks all pretty and shiny. I still have the split ends, because the only way to get rid of them is to trim them off, but the mayonnaise will make your hair healthy so you won't get them in the first place! I let my hair dry naturally and I am not using the straightener today, so it looks kind of wild (that's the way my hair is) but you can sure see the shine! And normally it would be all frizzed out big, and it's not. Mayonnaise really is good stuff.

I will be back tomorrow with a new tutorial for you. I think you will like it.......I know I do! Until then, Agatha Christie said, "Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it." See you tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. *Love* good advice and love your reminder about mayonaise for my hair. I promise to try it and maybe even send my own silly pics from my kiddos phones. Thanks for sharing!

    Rhonda :)


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